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This page was established to showcase sites that demonstrate creativity and the potential of the World Wide Web for communicating knowledge and beauty. I hope you will visit some of the sites and add your suggestions and criticisms. Also, be sure to see the results of some recent browsing on the What's New page

  1. MapPlanet Homepage
    Visitors can place information on a flat projection of the planet earth (a classified ad, a link to your private or commercial homepage, or some visual enrichment of the surface)by selecting one of 800 million free cells, that correspond to roughly one square km of land. It then becomes your personal property to minipulate and showcase what you want....
  4. Talking History Home Page - Department of History, University at Albany
  5. Expeditions
  6. Visions of the 21st Century
  7. KODAK: Taken On The Road-American Mile Markers
  8. Adobe Online Services
    Want a peek at the future of the Web? This site offers graphic/softare programs that can convert documents to PDF format, create animated banners, reduce the size of graphic and create custom graphic for downloading. The new title graphic on the main page of this site is an example of the results and was completed from start to finish in less than five minutes. In the future, software to perform complex operations may very well be free online. You will need that fast connection to the Internet though....
  9. - Millennium: A Perspectives Series
  10. Educational Web Adventures: Our Adventures and Web Sites
  11. A Glance: The Greatest Generation Speaks : Letters and Reflections
  12. KODAK PhotoQuilt
    Once you start, it's hard to stop clicking. If you can paste images, it's also a great idea for a graduation graphic.
  13. MagicalDesk
    An online organizational tool.
  14. About SmartDownload
    A new service from Netscape Netcenter designed to assist you with downloading files from the Internet. It allows you to pause and resume downloads, recover from a dropped Internet connection, and show informative content from Netcenter while downloading. In fact, you can go on to your Internet session while the download continues in the background. After you install the program, it automatically activates itself when you click on an .EXE or a .ZIP file on the Internet.
  15. NMWA Exhibition Schedule
  16. Search Adobe PDF Online
    A revisit to the Adobe site brought a number of surprises. My free PFD files were outdated, and the site had been completely redone in a very appealing manner. I located an great search tool for PDF documents. If you don't believe me, click on the link above and type in your search terms. I tried "history social studies" and collected over 37,000 links to PDF documents on the Web! At the top of the list was: "Literature/ Language Arts Foreign Languages History/ Social Studies Art History An Internet Learning Guide for Grades 9- 12 Fall 1997 BORDERS CROSSING."
  17. The Thin Green Line
    You will need that new multimedia computer with the latest browser. A weekly multi-media presentation...with past issues archived. Activism and reports of conflict between humans and the environment.
  18. Welcome to The Toledo Museum of Art
  19. V&A
    Victoria and Albert Museum in 1899 in honour of Queen Victoria. The museum is home to 145 galleries, including the national collections of sculpture, furniture, fashion and textiles, paintings, silver, glass, ceramics, jewellery, books, prints and photographs. See the V&A Gateway.
  20. About SmartDownload
    A new service from Netscape Netcenter designed to assist you with downloading files from the Internet. It allows you to pause and resume downloads, recover from a dropped Internet connection, and show informative content from Netcenter while downloading. In fact, you can go on to your Internet session while the download continues in the background. After you install the program, it automatically activates itself when you click on an .EXE or a .ZIP file on the Internet.
  21. NMWA Exhibition Schedule
  22. Search Adobe PDF Online
    A revisit to the Adobe site brought a number of surprises. My free PFD files were outdated, and the site had been completely redone in a very appealing manner. I located an great search tool for PDF documents. If you don't believe me, click on the link above and type in your search terms. I tried "history social studies" and collected over 37,000 links to PDF documents on the Web! At the top of the list was: "Literature/ Language Arts Foreign Languages History/ Social Studies Art History An Internet Learning Guide for Grades 9- 12 Fall 1997 BORDERS CROSSING."
  23. The Thin Green Line
    You will need that new multimedia computer with the latest browser. A weekly multi-media presentation...with past issues archived. Activism and reports of conflict between humans and the environment.
  24. Welcome to The Toledo Museum of Art
  25. V&A
    Victoria and Albert Museum in 1899 in honour of Queen Victoria. The museum is home to 145 galleries, including the national collections of sculpture, furniture, fashion and textiles, paintings, silver, glass, ceramics, jewellery, books, prints and photographs. See the V&A Gateway.
  26. Texas Council for the Humanities Texas Journal
    Current issue of Texas Journal, with a focus on "... preeminent interpreters of civility, its perils and promises in the American community." Browse anywhere at the site, but the "In this Corner Reflections" hyperlink is a must. It's very hard to fault a page like this (they all take too much time to load for the impatient browser). You might also visit the home site of the Texas Council.
  27. Dialpad
    Called "'s first free Java-based web-to-phone service." Allows you to use your computer (microphone and sound card required) as a telephone to make unlimited free phone calls to anybody in the US. Perhaps the long distance providers need to buy stock in producers of sound boards and mikes... Think I'll buy a microphone and give MCI a call on the Internet to cancel.

  28. Zing

    Most of the schools I have visited recently either own a digital camera or have plans to purchase one in the near future. None provide any technical training for teachers in folding digital projects into the classroom, although some have made an effort to provide some training for "technology" in general. The "Zing" site could help to answer a small part of the technology needs that relate to image projects and publications. It could even supply a simple interface for teachers to provide online experiences for students. After a quick and simple (and free) registration, visitors download a small plug-in that simplifies the process of sending files from your computer to the Zing server. Instructions and steps to accomplish this are simple and clear. The free plug-in is called "pixAmigo" (a small applet that makes it really easy to send multiple pictures at once). You simply select the pictures you want to use from your hard disk, digital camera, or scanner, and pixAmigo "...automatically converts them to the right file format, connects to, and transfers the pictures in the background while you're shopping."

    Once the transfer plug-in is automatically installed, album creators can select the collection of images to send, either single images or multiple (by selecting them in Explorer). The server then creates the thumbnail images and presents a page for annotation or captions for each image. Although you are "locked in" to a template pattern by the Zing server, there is plenty of room for creativity.

    I selected a collection of garden pictures from my hard drive for the first transferMy Garden Flowers and

  29. La Catedral de Barcelona for the second album. During the creation process or later, you can password protect the album (so that only those students you choose may see the pictures) and allow or prevent others from adding to the album you have created. Once you bookmark the new album, you have the unique URL for sending visitors to the site. Larger albums are placed on multiple pages with all the links and directions automatically placed on the page. The left frame of the Album menu allows visitors to sign a Guestbook or write a review of the album for others to read. You can also order prints and send gifts and cards that include selected photos (personalized coffee mugs, Tshirts, etc).

    The page also offers the option of "Hi-Res Home Printing" -- a feature that involves downloading another small applet that will make it possible to print multiple images on one page of photo or regular paper. If you want students to follow the visit to this album with visits to other sites, the "Related Links" section can be fleshed in as a part of the album creation or added later (I found the "cut and paste" commands useful here in filling out the form to create this part of the page). In fact, a number of editing features are available as soon as you sigh on (Add a Picture, Upload directly, Email pictures, Move from inbox, Edit Album, Edit album info, Edit images and captions, Edit directory listing, Delete this album).

    You might want to browse the current albums on the site for ideas on how to make use of the resource. I took the time to visit a course page on composition in photography -- Principles of composition - Lines. The page features the digital photos of students that illustrate one of the course concepts, with the captions provided by the students. Notice that this page is linked to "Other" albums and "Related" links for students and visitors to explore. The "other album" selection menu provided links to other course concept pages.

  30. Fixing Up the Macy Library!
    Picture album of a librarian hired by a scool on the Omaha Indian Reservation in Macy, Nebraska that had been without a certified librarian for over a year.
  31. Mrs. Randle's 2nd and 3rd Grade Class At Roxboro 10/11/99

    Final comments: One of the best sites I have seen for creating online instruction moduals since Track Star (previously annotated in the Creative Application archive page).

  32. Solemates : The Century in Shoes
    The very best splash page intoduction I have seen! You will need a sound card and a 4+ browser version. After the Intro, the main menu page loads automatically and features a single page that neatly fits in the browser window. The "Dial the Decade" selection tool is great and follows you in browsing the time periods. You might ask students to explain why the text included on the menu page designed to entice viewers to explore further.
    You may find after exploring the entire site that your view of "dress and adornment" as forms of individual and collective expression are forever altered.
    Final comment: Represents the very best use of Web technology to display content.
  33. the art of japan
    Whatever you do, don't skip the "Flash" introduction, then move to the content index.
  34. The Study of Global Problems and the Culture of Capitalism
  35. Family Values Tour 1999
    FLASH INTRO, so you need the sound card and the latest browser.
  37. The cave of Lascaux
    You will need one of the new browsers to see the splash page, which simulates a dark cave with you in control of the light source. Shine and click to naviagate (a text style menu is available if you move the cursor to the bottem of the page). Don't let the creative use of new technology mislead you in believing that the page is all flash and little content. Under the "Discover" link: Time and Space (Geographical and chronological context of the cave, The Discovery, The story and circumstances of an exceptional discovery, Virtual Visit (A journey through the different rooms in the cave), Closing of the Cave Deterioration of the cave, closing to the public, creation of Lascaux II. Under the "Learn" link: Identification of the Figures, Techniques used to facilitate interpretation of the paintings and engravings and How the artists used the rock surface to create perspective. Themes (The three themes, painted or engraved: animals, human representations and signs) and Techniques (Painting and engraving techniques used by the artists of Lascaux with respect to the rock surface). Access to the Walls (How Palaeolithic man made use of all the space in the cave) Lighting and The materials used by the artists of Lascaux, Deterioration and Dating Methods. A Bibliography and a "Test your Knowledge" exercise is available, as are other online student activities.
  38. People On War
    With both civilians and combatants on their experience of war.
  39. The Lost Dream of Opal Whiteley
  40. Reports, projects, and works in progress
    Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities. Gateway page for major hypertext projects in the humanities. Be patient for the load, as a graphic is associated with each project, and there are loads of them to browse.
  41. EDSITEment -- Guides for Home and School
    This site has been listed several times in the past...and it now offers six downloadable guides (Rich Text and PDF). If you move to the bottem of the page and "shift/right click" on the guide you want, the download can progress in the background while you go on with your online session. I sampled one guide (the latest) and returned for the other five guides later. This is clearly a must for your bookmarks, as it offers (in addition to the great lesson plans) a listing of Top Websites and guides/tutorials for teachers to make the most of online experiences.
  42. 1999 ThinkQuest for Tomorrow's Teachers Entries
    Welcome to hours of profitable viewing, for teachers and students.
  43. ThinkQuest Library of Entries
  44. 1999 ThinkQuest Entries
  45. Paula Kate Marmor's Home Page
  46. NMAI Publication - Wood That Sings
    "Indian Fiddle Music of the Americas Presented by the National Museum of the American Indian, the first-ever recorded anthology of Native American fiddle music, features performances by Indian musicians from Nova Scotia and Manitoba to North Dakota and Arizona, to Mexico, Peru, and elsewhere in Latin America.." Songs are recorded in Native languages, Spanish, or English. Part of the "Publications and Recordings"
  47. Introduction to the Collection of 19th c. Native American Photographs
  48. Native American History Class Projects
    Products of Duke University students in Professor Peter Wood's Native American History class. Selected projects: A Nation Apart: The Cherokee Nation in Indian Territory 1839-1907, Education of Native Americans: Hampton Institute 1878-1923, Settling Amongst the Indians in Texas, The Dakota (Sioux) War: A Closer Look at the Conflict, Native American Education: Documents from the 19th Century.
  49. Octavo Marginalia: Aspects of Authorship, Conservation, and Book Design and Construction and Octavo: Digital Rare Books
    Placing a commercial site at this lofty point in the list of new resources is very unusual. This company "...publishes and preserves rare books and manuscripts using advanced digital tools and formats..." Efforts such as this will allow viewing the "...most beautiful and significant books..." from the museums and libraries of the world.
    It is clear that, should we remain a viable species on the planet into the distant future, book preservation will likely take a digital form. You know, the old 1, 2. Much of the accumulated knowledge so far had been recorded on materials that are very perishable, as few of us write on stone now.
    The first stop in an extended visit at the site was in the poster section, to view an enlarged graphic from Galileo Galilei's book, Sidereus Nuncius (The sidereal messenger). When the enlarge graphic was displayed, I right clicked on the mouse and then the "Set as Wallpager" choice. When I minimized Netscape, the white space on the left page of the graphic of Sidereus now contained the Icons from my Widnow's desktop. Next, I clicked on the Octavo Edition: Andreas Vesalius. De Humani Corporis Fabrica and discovered that portions of the CD are presented in PDF format. I tried the larger of the two samples offered (PDF: 2.3 mb, 6 pagesThumbnails: PDF: 4.8 mb, 26 pages). This was a mistake, as a file this size takes (it seems) forever to load to view. I quickly aborted the operation and returned to the link and held the SHIFT key down and then right clicked with the mouse. The browser then displays a download box to transfer the file to your hard drive for offline reading. Once the download begins, you can use the back button to return to you browsing or even open a new browser window. The download will continue in the background until the entire file is transfered, and the "saving" window at the bottem of the browser will close automatically.
    Other menu items at the site: marginalia, abbreviations, bookworms, catchwords/signatures, chromolithography, foxing, handwriting, historiated initials, music printing, why latin, woodcuts.
  50. NMAI Publication - Wood That Sings
    Indian Fiddle Music of the Americas Presented by the National Museum of the American Indian,and "...the first-ever recorded anthology of Native American fiddle music. Indian musicians from Nova Scotia and Manitoba to North Dakota and Arizona, to Mexico, Peru, and elsewhere in Latin America features perform using the fiddle.
  51. The Virtual Mummy
    Unwrapping a Mummy by Mouse Click.
  52. Giraffics Multimedia Books
    Alice's Adventures in Wonderland | Secrets of Lewis Carroll Revealed | Ikintar, the Giraffe | Little Bo-Peep Complete with background music, colored and animated illustrations.
  53. Welcome to Mungo Park!
  54. The Food Timeline
    "Take faire beef of the ribs of the forequarters, and smite in fair pieces, and wash the beef into a fair pot; then take the water that the beef was sodden in, and strain it through a strainer and seethe the same water and beef in a pot, and let them boil together; then take canel, cloves, maces, grains of paradise, cubebs and onions y-minced, parsley and sage, and cast thereto, and let them boil together; and then take a loaf of bread, and stepe it with broth and vinegar, and then draw it through a strainer, and let it be still; and when it is near enough, cast the liquor thereto, but not too much, and then let boil once, and cast saffron thereto a quantity; then take salt and vinegar, and cast thereto, and look that it be poynant enough, and serve forth." More
    Plot the development of food resources through time and place the results in a hypertext timeline, with special reference to off site resource on the Internet. Such a simple idea! The Webmaster of this site suggests that "Food is the fun part of social studies! The tricky part is finding recipes you can make in a modern kitchen, with ingredients bought at your local supermarket and bring into school to share with your class." See the "Hungry for more" menu toward the bottem of the page for expansion activities and topics, including print resources. I enjoyed the hyperlink to pasta (I think Italian pasta is the greatest) and rhubarb recepies. BTW, my wife developed a new recipe for using rhubarb -- rhubarb relish. Now I can have a rhubarb enhanced meat dish, toast with rhubarb jam and a ice-cream desert with a strawberry-rhubarb topping.
  55. Minnesota State University EMuseum
    By error, I clicked on the "Text Only" link and found the entire TOC. This is an impressive page with a large variety of topics online.
  56. Lesson Plan Resources
    With over a dozen Anthropological Art Projects alone. A virtual gold mine for K-12 teachers in terested in lessons on diversity and cultural variations.
  57. Behind the Veil
    Documenting African American Life in the Jim Crow South. The site "....represents an effort to correct historical misrepresentations of African American experiences during the period of legal segregation in the U.S. The project, a collaborative research effort, does this by encouraging scholars to listen to the voices of those who survived an era of profound racial oppression."
  58. Humanities-Interactive
    Online exhibits produced by the Texas Humanities Resource Center. The largest exhibit, Border Studies, presents nine "...graphical exhibitions and three streaming multimedia slideshows presenting the history and culture of the lands and nations bordering Texas and the United States from the 15th Century to the present day." You can also view Texas History, Texas Culture, with over 100 images and Literature and Our Imaginative Heritage.
  59. Mysteries of Çatalhöyük
    The splash page alone is worth a visit. TOC: Artifacts and Findings, People and Processes, Mysteries and Activities, Virtual Tour, Çat Cafe, Frequent Questions and an Index page.
    Worth a firm "click" with your mouse. Be sure the sound card is cranked up... I found myself looking for the "replay movie" button (it's there) for a repeat performance.
  61. Clickworks
    Loads of activity while the page loads.
  62. Online Exhibits @ University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
    Umbrella site for some of the best exhibition pages on the Web. See links to Architectural Archaeology: A Centennial View of the Museum Building, 14 Eyes in a Museum Storeroom (celebrities pick their favorite objects from the darkness of the Museum's storerooms and bring them into the light of day), Bodies of Cultures: A World Tour of Body Modification (piercing, tattooing, and painting as far back as the 9th century B.C.), The Origins and Ancient History of Wine, Plains Indian Medicine, The Black Sea Trade Project: an archaeologist's online journal, Sailing the Ocean Without Map or Compass: Traditional Navigation in the Western Pacific, The Ancient Greek World (Artifacts are used to "...provide a vivid picture of all aspects of life in ancient Greece, including life in the home, warfare, religion and trade"), Eggi's Village: Life Among the Minangkabau of Indonesia, The Corinth Computer Project (The ancient city of Corinth).
  63. CWM - Over The Top - Introduction
    Experience life in the trenches during the First World War in this interactive online adventure.
  64. Witness to War
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer presents the story of Laura Frost Smith who served in World War I. The site also includes Teaching "Witness to War", a series of activities and questions and background on women in World War I.
  65. World Heritage Cities of Spain
    This excellent page provides information on several historic cities in Spain. The content is organized as follows: Routes of History, of the Heritage of Time, of Culture, of Diversity, of Nature and Spirit, of Races and Religions, Eternities, Immortal Names, Traditions and Legends. The site could easily be combined with the information provided at the New York Times Daily Lesson Plan site. The archive on the site Browse Lesson Plans By Topic, features a lesson on "Creating Web-Based Travel Guides for Vacation Destinations: Have Web, Will Travel! (Grades 6 to 12). "In this lesson, students demonstrate their Web research and persuasive writing skills to create colorful, informative Web travel guides to popular vacation destinations." A third location, the World Heritage List can provide a linked listing of all the sites selected and provides the starting point for a student research assignment using the Spanish site above as a model and the Times site as a guide.
    Students in American history sections could easily focus on cyber-travel to locations in the United States. See the We Shall Overcome; Historic Places of the Civil Rights Movement National Register Travel Itinerary link for an example. Any of the National Park lessons could be used instead of the World Heritage site.
    As a part of your research, take some time to browse the other units online at the Times site: Where in the World...? (Grades 6 to 12) Understanding Latitude and Longitude in the Geography Classroom, Tribes and Tribulations (Grades 6 to 12) Exploring South African History, Replacing Missing Links in the Evolutionary Chain (Grades 6 to 12) Tracing the Evolutionary Stages of Hominids in the Social Studies or Science Classroom, The United State of NATO (Grades 6 to 12) Exploring 50 Years of NATO, Canada’s Territorial Instincts (Grades 6 to 12) Exploring Canadian Provinces and Territories, Monumental Mysteries (Grades 6 to 12) Creating "Internet Scavenger Hunts" About Ancient Monuments, Huddled Masses Still Yearning to Breathe Free (Grades 6 to 12) Examining the Modern "Immigrant Experience".
  66. EDSITEment -- Guides for Home and School
  67. American Folklife Center Home Page
    Founded in 1928 as a repository for American folk music.
  68. Einstein's Dreams 1905/1999
    An excellent example of page construction. The index page shows it all. The "mouse over" stuff is slick.
  69. Time Inc. Picture Collection
    Time claims that this is the most extraordinary collection in the world. You will need to register to see the entire collection.
  70. Welcome to Fern Canyon
    These folks have been kind enought to put the entire texts of Treasure Island and Robinsion Crusoe online, with the original illustrations by N. C. Wyeth.
  71. A Memory Artist: An Artist Paints His Childhood Home from Memory
    You can use this site as an example of excellent web page load fast and displays all the navigation information on the first splash page. It also illustrates the use of visual materials to convey a difficult our memories replicate (or obscure) the reality of the past.
    A history based on home movies, diaries and interviews.
  73. Terrain: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments
    A "quarterly online journal without definite boundaries, searching for that interface--the integration--among the built and natural environments, that might be called the soul of place. It is not definitely about urban form, nor solely about natural landscapes. It is not precisely about human culture, nor necessarily about ecology. It is, rather, a celebration of the symbiosis between the built and natural environments where it exists, and an examination and discourse where it does not." The current issue Issue 3 looks at Rivers and what we have done to them and the efforts to restore them. "Terrain strives to be both a resource and a pleasure, a compass and a shelter. Technical and journalistic works ...are aimed at professionals and other interested individuals and groups. These contributions can help communities develop and redevelop in a more sustainable manner. Literary and artistic works contained in the Poetry, Essays, Fiction, and ARTerrain sections allow the reader to relax and enjoy the pieces for what they are... The works contained within Terrain ultimately examine the physical realm around us, and how those environments influence us and each other physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually." You must also visit Terra Nova...and listen to the 1. Dawn Solo from Pied Butcherbirds of Spirey Creek (recorded by David Lumsdaine) in a recent special issue of the publication on the topic of Music and Nature. Both sites remind us that their is great beauty around us if we pause to sample it..
  74. Journey to Planet Earth
    "Rivers of Destiny" and the threat to the world's river systems, including the potentially disastrous effects of an effort to tame the Mississippi was included in the first presentation. Teacher's Guide in PDF or in HTML inlcudes a guide for the later presentations -- The Urban Explosion and Land of Plenty, Land of Want. The site also features an After-School Package.
  75. c o m b i n e | 04 | for the kids
  76. ENTER Ambit - The Web Waystation
    I liked the music (plays loud ragtime) but could not find an on-screen turn off..
  77. Haida
    Queen Charlotte Islands, an archipelago 100 kilometers west of the coast of British Columbia, Canada. Be sure to listen to the paddling song before you leave (realAudio).
  78. GUGGENHEIM: Virtual Projects
  79. Salon: Ashes to Ashes, Bits to Bits
    Solon looks at the topic of death. For a quick view of the scope of the site, move to the expandable index of articles and topics at the bottem of the page.
  80. From the Back Alleys to the Supreme Court & Beyond
    University at Albany, SUNY ~ History Department, a five part audio program on the topic of reproductive freedom and abortion.
  81. UWired Catalyst Home Page
    Where ever you are on the continuum of use of technology, this page can provide detailed information about how to take that next step (even the first step). Overall organization and drop-down menus make it a joy to naviagate. If your use of technology involves student projects, they should be able to answer their technical questions quickly in understandable language. Top shelf stuff here!
  82. History Channel
    Yes, I have listed the History Channel in the past (and several times in this "What's New). This page is listed because it provides a quick gateway to the massive content at the site....and is clearly a great time-saver for busy history teachers. Did you know that you can get the monthly listing of programs by E-mail? Click on the "On TV" link.
  83. PhotoTechnology
    Products of a student project in a photography class.
  84. Pew Center on Global Climate Change
    You will need the latest brower (with Flash) to benefit from this site...(non-flash version is available).
  85. Monet at Giverny
    A page to mark the presentation of the exhibition Monet at Giverny showing works from the Musée Marmottan at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (January 28 to May 9, 1999). Two virtual tours with a graphic map to guide and move through the gardens. No waiting on the garphics and photos, which are small in size. I prefered the "Water Garden"
  86. SimCity
    Anybody use one of the games of this type for instruction? Play the classic version on-line, or visit the site for a guide to SimCity 3000TM to be released in February 99. I read the online essay on "How Water Towers Work" Marshall Brian, author and creator of the Web site, How Stuff Works, explains how these towers get water to the people in the real world. Experienced teachers who visit the site will easily think of education units that might be linked to the "Sim City" task of providing water to the people. For example: What happens when the water supply of a city fails or becomes contaminated (current events). Should water be used in a region for irrigation or for drinking (current issue - American West) and who decides? How did the Romans supply water to their cities (Western History)? Visit the sites in this page on the Hoover Dam project for the impact of large scale engineering works on people, animals, vegetation. Also, don't miss the Discovery Online, Listen Here program on China's Three Gorges Project to tame the Yangtze (scheduled for Wednesday, January 20, 1999 -- 8 p.m. ET // 5 p.m. PT). A web site on Roman water projects was listed in the What's New updated recently. You might also see a recent book on the topic -- "The Waters Of The Nile: Hydropolotics and the Jonglei Canal, 1900-1988." What happens when a city has too much water (floods)? Send a group of students to all those "flood" sites on the Web. Click on the Rivers Of Life site for a Project site currently operating. They plan to offer the "Mississippi Adventure program" From March 8 through May 14, 1999, and will study local rivers and watersheds while taking a close look at the Mississippi River during flood season. Finally, visit the Wind Powersite (If your students are in to creating cities) be sure to send them to this site on using the wind for energy.
  87. Pericles' Funeral Oration
    Janice Siegel has done some very creative things with Pericles' Funeral Oration, a primary resouce used in most K-12 classroom in World and Western history. The linking-expansion-explanation and graphic-enhancing attributes of Web pages is clearly demonstrated. A must visit for teachers interested in enhancing lessons from text and primary sources and for students looking for ways to present media projects.
  88. Jesup Exhibition
    Exhibition site to commemorate the American Museum of Natural History's Jesup North Pacific Expedition (1897 -1902). "Drawing Shadows to Stone" includes approximately 1200 of scenes from daily life and thus demonstrates an early example of the use of the camera as an anthropological tool.

    The following two sites display creativity and they can also serve as examples of how classrooms and schools with digital equipment can encourage students to explore regional cultural differences. Students who might otherwise be "passive" can be participant observers in an event as simple as a museum exhibition.

    The first example, ,auslander | foreigners, enlisted photographer Martin Parr in 1997 to travel throughout Europe and create a photographic record of items that related to issues of European identity. The results were later exhibited in Ooh La La! at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television.

    In response to the exhibition, and to further investigate how photography can visually define culture, two groups of students, one from Potsdam, Germany, and one from Bradford in England (18 students total), made exchange visits to each other’s countries, and photographed the cultural icons that they found. This site includes both Martin’s photographs and the students’ work. Three written texts, which examine the photographs from distinct academic perspectives, are also included. Ditital poster example

    The second example is located at a site called V & A: Going graphic, Power of the Poster, which explored a key part of a temporary exhibition called The Power of the Poster. The exhibit featured images from the world of commerce and communication. Visitors of all ages were given a digital camera and asked to imagine that the Museum needed a new poster on the theme of "The V&A: A Place for People." In the galleries they collected the images of their choice, and then returned to a work station to download and manipulate them. They were given a print copy and their poster was then displayed on the web-site for the exhibition for a day. The best posters (a group judged them) were selected for more permanent display (example to right).

    Teachers might visit the site for the examples they provide and form a charge based on local conditions in their communities and schools. The "exhibit" might be something as simple as a display of student art in the local school or, if time permits, the creation of a display (cultural differences?) by one group and the photographic "reactions" of another group of students. Writing activities could (and should) be part of the analysis of the results and the evaluation.

  89. Welcome to EgyptWorld
    Link to
    ThinkQuest Animation Great new
    ThinkQuest site
    Special animation.
  90. V & A Larsson - Front page
    An excellent page in the area of art history from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Very interactive...but sometimes difficult to get back "home" as many of the pages lack a home button or link.
  91. Crosswords & Word Games
    From Cogix Corporation - Home of Crossword Wizard, featuring an Interactive Java crossword puzzle creation program. All teachers are aware of the student and teacher time that must be dedicated to the task of mastering basic facts and vocabulary in a discipline. Here is a inexpensive software program that might be previewed with an eye for how factual content can be presented more efficiently on the continuum from the start of unit/chapter to review and evaluation. Steps for a teacher might include:
    (1) Pull out the files on the unit and compile a data base of terms and short identification pharses. You might look at the Unit or Chapter review and the test from past years. Boot the program and key in the terms and identifications. crosswrd.jpg The program will try to make a crossword for all of the terms, but you may end up with a list of words that would not fit.
    (2) Look at the file(s) created by the program with File Manager/Explorer and copy them to a separate disk or directory. Change the extensions (after the .XXX dot to ".txt" so that your word processor can read them.
    (3) Generate a review exercise from the text listing of terms and identification phrases.. You may have to do some revisions on the format of the file.. I find that a format that favors a review game played during review sessions works best here. With a large font applied, this revised file can be use to print a master for creating a series of transparencies. On review days, these are used for various games.
    (4) Use the same .txt files for doing identification, matching or other forms of evaluation for the final test on the material. "Ctr/C" and "Ctr/V" (for cut and paste) works great when transfering date between applications in Windows.
    This application has a software support site with a WebMasters Workshop with tips on how to put up puzzles (a Java Applet) on your web site and a Users Gallery. HISTORY REVISION includes a fine example of the interactive variety of crossword. You might ask a student group to explore the software, using a list of terms and definitions they generate.
  92. Journal for MultiMedia History - Volume 1 Number 1 Contents PageScreen shot
    Here it a much needed publication -- an on-line journal of history that uses hypertext and multimedia technologies to merge audio, video, graphics, and text with a format designed for the Web or CD-ROM/DVD. The authors "...wanted to 'get out on the Web,' to reach not only academicians, but an entire universe of interested readers bring serious historical scholarship and pedagogy under the scrutiny of amateurs and professionals alike, to utilize the promise of digital technologies to expand history's boundaries, merge its forms, and promote and legitimate innovations in teaching and research..." This first issue features articles on "The 1939 Dairy Farmers Union Milk Strike in Heuvelton and Canton, New York: The Story in Words and Pictures", "American Women and the Making of Modern Consumer Culture," (an audio recording of a lecture), "Message from the Wilderness of North America: Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam, c. 1960" (an analysis of a recently restored 1960 recording of a radio broadcast by Elijah Muhammad), "Teaching Islamic Civilization with Information Technology" (an extensively hyper-linked article with a review of Web-based resources for students and scholars of Islam and Islamic Civilization), and "Websites for Student Research Projects: Is it Worth It?" (using hypertext to demonstrate the promise and perils of integrating Web page construction projects into course assignments). Finally, the issue features an extensive "linked" review section on CD-ROM/DVD, Web Sites, film and video and links to "Noteworthy WWW Sites".
  93. National Gallery of Art - Watson and the Shark
    Interested in seeing the intersection of the products of an artist ( who, after having his leg removed by a shark, became a famous artist) and modern Web technology? Outstanding graphics and text on the story, the artist, the painting and historical information. After you finish this special presentaion (designed as experimental and exploratory) visit the home page of The National Gallery. You are not going to find superior graphics at any other location! Wish I could do a fraction as well with my Sony digital camera. See: Van Gogh Information (Van Gogh's Van Goghs: Masterpieces from the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam) , Bernini's Rome: Italian Baroque Terracottas from the State Hermitage Museum, Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts Fifty-Fourth Regiment Gifts to the Nation and A Collector's Cabinet. The site also offers a fine collection of Teaching Resources on Recent Exhibitions (Manet, Monet, and the Gare Saint-Lazare Brochure, Saint-Gaudens' Memorial to Shaw, Degas at the Race, Alexander Calder and Picasso: The Early Years. Finally, visit The National Directory of Teacher Programs and Resources in Art Museums, which was compiled by the National Gallery of Art for educators of all disciplines at the K-12 level, for school administrators, and for museum professionals. You can Search by State or Topic
  94. Chicago Historical Society's History Files
    This is one of those pages where you can't stop clicking on the "More" button. Students will enjoy this site, which includes an excellent and growing selection of features.
  95. Education with New Technologies: Networked Learning Community
    Site registration required, using a fast simple form. The site (which uses a village metaphor to organize content) is in Beta and currently free, but don't get the idea that resources are sparce. This is a first class resource now -- for units, practices, background articles and a host of other materials in the area of thinking and active learning. When I registered (access is immediate) I browsed the Etemplate area. eTemplates are worksheets that contain images, questions, puzzles and activites for learners, all in in HTML "The greatest charm of eTemplates is their flexibility. Material on hardcopy worksheets is 'written in stone', and all the learners can do is to fill in blanks. The eTemplates concept enables learners to become co-authors and modify the entire content of their worksheets." I explored the "farm" unit, which inlcuded the on-site materials and a Web page providing a unit with Internet links. You might want to take a structured guided tour first or visit the ALPS: Site Map I located a reference to a course page called "Integrating Educational Technologies in Literacy Instruction" and it is a good example of one of the resoruces located or linked Harvard project page. Don't miss theForgotten World: An eTemplate Contest before you leave the site.
  96. Welcome to The Museum of Reconstructions
  97. The Forgotten World: An eTemplate Contest
    Project site -- older students make educations materials/experiences for younger students.
  98. Mesopotamia Virtual Classroom web page
    This is one of the best Social Studies sites I have visited recently. Almost all of the important info is on the first page, including the curriculum for the 6th and 7th grade (on the left) that provides the basis for the links and information on the right.... Students are clearly informed about what they need to know for each unit.. and homework for the units is posted online.
  99. Musei Vaticani
    Excellent pages on the impressive holdings and museums of the Vatican. Links to pages on: JERUSALEM -The Lord's Prayer in 388 languates, The Way of the Cross, The Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, Primary Documents (THE ANONYMOUS PILGRIM OF BORDEAUX, STUDIUM BIBLICUM FRANCISCANUM, THE CRUSADERS' JOURNEYS TO JERUSALEM and others), Vatican Web, Vatican City Tourist Information, Sistine Chapel and a host of Vatican Museums.
  100. Metropolis Unbound, Robert Geddes, The American Prospect
    The future of the city in the 21st Century.
  101. Women Artists Archive
  102. UW- Madison Asian American Studies Program
  103. The Diversity Project
    "In an effort to build a more diverse alternative press, the Institute for Alternative Journalism initiated the Diversity Project to first assess the state of racial diversity and then assemble a series of recommendations and concrete steps to aid papers in the recruitment and hiring of people of color."
  104. ML Diversity
    From McDougal Littell Inc.
  105. NATIVE AMERICANS resources from Nerd World Media
  106. The Earth Times Daily Web Edition
    Environment, business, health/Report from A Small Town in America. See the special Earth Times series. Other titles: "In Amherst, peace is disrupted by parking garage plans, Apples and cherries. Placid farming town? No, plenty of problems, 'Dream community' copes with problems of rapid growth, Small town in America: Liking things as they are. No change, please."
  107. PBS Picks - CAYUTAVILLE
  108. Songlines Aboriginal Art
  109. H-ETHNIC Discussion Group
  110. OneWorld Online - Radio News Service: HOMEPAGE
    Listen to some very interesting content on world news.. One called Disability rights: "Jerry's Orphans"
    is a report from WINGS about the ethics of a charity which portrays disabled people negatively in order to raise funds. Have people in the US come to expect manipulation and deception from for-profit corporations? What about the ethics of charitable organizations?
  111. The Educating the Black Mind Webring
  112. Life Expectancy by Race and Sex
    This page presents an animated gif of "Expected Age at Death by Race and Sex" (U.S. from 1900 to 1980). together with an explanation as to why the graph behaves the way it does. Teachers might consider downloading the gif (right click in Netscape) and the Legend and placing it on an Intranet HTML page, with a series of questions and assignments that relate to the time span and the explanation of the behavior of the graph. "What explains the fact that the lower portion of the graph shows greater movement than the upper portion?" If this works as a form of discover learning, it should spark a host of student questions for further research. The steps in making a time series such as this into an animation are not as difficult as you might think. A number of Web sites provide tutorials and software to guide the novice in making animated gifs. Might be a fun project for the students who may be taking High School courses in "C+" or Java. Some of the other Animations by Ed Stephan are listed below: Oregon Counties, Formation of the Contiguous United States, Sex Ratios, Death Expectancy, by Race and Sex, Washington State Counties, Formation of the California Missions, California's First Counties, The Odyssey of Alexander the Great, Charlie Chaplin, United States Counties, Galileo Galilei, Fun With Relativity, The Sociological Imagination, Aging of the U.S., 1950-2050, Mona Lisa, Frontpage Animation, The site also provides links to other animation Web pages.
  113. MoMA | online projects
    A web site designed to explore the presentation dimensions of the Web, with examples of the resulting projects back to 1995. The collection of exhibits is enter at your own risk. Looks like you will need all those plug-ins you have downloaded. (For 1997, For 1996, and for 1995. From The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
  114. Beyond Affliction: The Disability History Project
    Web page for "...a four hour documentary radio series about the shared experience of people with disabilities and their families since the beginning of the 19th century. This Web site includes excerpts from the Shows as well as many of the primary source documents - extended interviews, images, and texts- from which the on-air programs were developed." Audio segments are featured at "History of the Disabled in the United States." If you are researching the topic, stop in at WE: A lifestyle web site for people with disabilities "...replacing pity with pride. It's about opportunity, not charity."
  115. area studies database @ uni of manchester
    Knowing who to talk to and where to go to find information and expertise is one of the benchmarks of an educated person. The University of Manchester has created a page to accomplish this goal in a very organized way. Access to this kind of critical information is usually not available to the novice (Freshmen in the K-16 institutions and new faculty members). The larger the institution (corporation, school, university), the more critical access to information becomes to function or perform, but even the smallest institutions seem to have their compartments of specialization. Here is a Web page that can truely have a universal application.
    Groups of teachers involved in creating school Intranets might also visit the Building an Archives site (briefly reviewed below). Community and school history are obvious elements, and students can (and often do) record a history of the "Class of 1998." These are often multimedia productions with slides and sounds presented at the Graduation program. Students involved in oral history projects could interview former students and faculty. Samples of class research projects and the performances of the drama/music department could also be included. (See the student Time Capsule Project described below.) flash.jpg
  116. the USEUM
    See the bells on the "splash" page! Sound card and Java needed for the best effect. Don't forget the walking arrows and BYZANTINE GOSPEL for more Flash technology and how it enables the viewer to zoom in or out on an image. (Some of the features of the page have been disabled recently. However, the flash version worked fine when I visited.
  117. Marilyn Levine's Web Sites
    Marilyn A. Levine has created a collection of pages on a variety of topics and fields of special interest to K-12 teachers. She is a Professor of Asian History at Lewis-Clark State College. The pages include: Introduction to Social Sciences, World History Web Site, The Chinese, Biographical Database, Historical Society for 20th Century China, Poster Session Web Site, How to Create A Web Site Tutorial and Tutorial Demonstration Web Site.


    Can the use of fiction in the classroom inspire a serious and systematic interest in a topic? Listen to the Nation Public Radio broadcast of Pulitzer winners April 15, 1998 -- Philip Roth, one of America's best-known authors, Tuesday was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his 22nd novel, American Pastoral. In the book, Roth writes about Jewish life in his native New Jersey. Hear more about Philip Roth from NPR's Dean Olsher, who filed this report for Morning Edition.

    The topic was recently discussed in some detail by writers who were experienced in writing both history and fiction. The History and MultiMedia Center of the Department of History, University at Albany, State University of New York has announced the installation of a "virtual conference"called Writing History / Writing Fiction Scholars were invited to participate in an electronic conference session on a topic of shared interest: writing history and writing fiction. Since all of the participants were experienced in writing both history and fiction, each participant wrote a short essay on the topic. The essays and the exchange they generated were then shared by Email. Writing samples on the uses of fiction included: Moses Rose (by William Rainbolt), A Man Under Authority (by Reid Mitchell), Carried by Six (by Allen Ballard), Tienkuo: The Heavenly Kingdom (by Steven Leibo).


  118. The Sci-Fi Channel - Original Movies
    Can science fiction be used as a tool by the social studies teacher? Daniel Roselle and the National Council for Social Studies thought so in 1973, and published a book of short selections -- each illustrating a time period or issue -- called TRANSFORMATIONS: Understanding World History Through Science Fiction. It featured some notable writers -- Kuttner, Ellison, Merril, Asimov and Bradbury -- featured a set of discussion questions after each selection. Selection of at least one concept or event from this area of fiction has some benefits. Students will enjoy (what may at first appear to be) a digression and it might help to lower those intellectual barriers that are often created by the "categories" assigned to knowledge, experience and feelings. For more on the topic of SF and social studies, you might visit An Interdisciplinary Study in Science, Literature, and Government Using Star Trek's "Space Seed" and view the Discussion Questions: The Future and Star Trek. The unit was classroom tested and a product of an interdisciplinary team at the school. Finally, visit the NASA site, SCIENCE FICTION / SPACE TECHNOLOGY : TOOLS FOR LEARNING. This is a special page -- for many reasons. Part of an educational program that can be downloaded and viewed online in parts, or ordered on school stationary. Includes links to: Using Science Fiction to Teach Space Technology, Early Sci-Fi Spacecraft, Spacecraft in Sci-Fi, Space Stations in Sci-Fi, Space Shuttle Type Craft in Science Fiction, Using Science Fiction Space Technology in the classroom and Science Fiction Spacecraft Art . Chinua Achebe: An Overview

  119. Chinua Achebe explores (among other things) the impact of European culture on Nigeria. See Things Fall Apart and Arrow of God , which "...focus on Nigeria's early experience with colonialism, from first contact with the British." to widespread British administration.

  120. Poster Session Web Site
    Have you ever thought about using the Poster creation/presentation concept in your K-12 Social Studies classes? This site provides some general information on posters presentations and their value (What is a Poster? Why Have Posters? How to Construct a Poster Gallery). If this site perks your interest, visit Introduction: poster presentations for a tutorial on posters. Although designed as a on-line tutorials intended to aid the user in effective scientific communication, with some adjustments the page can be used by social studies students and teachers. The tutorial is part of a more general page on the topic of Effective Presentations and includes tutorials on Developing an Effective Oral Presentation and Designing Effective Visual Aids for Presentations. You might also browse these pages, since these are skills that teachers can always refine.
  121. Talking History Radio Show Home Page -- Department of History, University at Albany
    Talking History is the title of a weekly radio program focusing on history: " we recall it, how we preserve it, how we interpret it, how we transform it into myth, and how we pass it on -- as teachers, researchers, archivists, museum curators, documentary filmmakers... It is aimed at a non-professional audience, and is dedicated to bridging the gap between the history profession and a history-hungry public..." The site will soon feature:"The Myth of the Violent West," "Hot Rain: The Social and Biological History of Radioactive Fallout from American Nuclear Testing in the 1950s and 1960s," and "Female Entrepreneurs: Women and Capitalism in 19th Century America." The archive of past programs is also online, but not all of the programs are available for current viewing. The page is part of Department of History at the University at Albany.
  122. Teen Health and the Media:
    Healthy choices about pregnancy and STD prevention, family planning, substance abuse, tobacco and other drugs, violence and suicide prevention, food, body image and eating disorders, media literacy and advocacy. Read the PRESS RELEASE for more detailed information about this special site.
  123. Speak to my Heart: Communities of Faith and Contemporary African American Life Logo of Speak To My Heart
    An exhibit by the Anacostia Museum and Center for African American History and Culture, Washington, DC. Former exhibits now available only on the website: Black Mosaic: Community, Race, and Ethnicity Among Black Immigrants in Washington, D.C., Climbing Jacob's Ladder: The Rise of Black Churches in Eastern American Cities, 1740-1877, The Real McCoy, African American Invention and Innovation, 1619-1930, The Renaissance: Black Arts of the Twenties, Anna J. Cooper, Juneteenth: Freedom Revisited, The Meaning of Kwanzaa.
  124. Art & Physics
    Leonard Shlain's book site. " The elevation of the word over the image throughout Western civilization has diminished women's power and feminine values. The return of iconic information and the decline of literacy in the late twentieth century has coincided with the feminist movement and the return of the Goddess." Shlain's thesis is that women were more powerful in preliterate societies because images dominated, rather than printed words. This site links to his new book, The Alphabet vs. the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word & Image. Selections from his previous book are include at the site. Perhaps a chapter or two from the new book will be added to the site.
    Recent discussion on some of the Social Studies Lists indicate that many teachers are asked to do the impossible, such as teaching the entire history of Western Civilization in 18 weeks. In such situations, keeping a unit on prehistory seems unlikely.
  125. SCR*TEC | Web Worksheet Wizard
    Create a quick lesson, worksheet or class page on the Web with this fill in the blanks template.
  126. Triton Summer Symposium
    A page with all of the hand-outs and teacher materials for the project at San Diego State.
  127. RealSystem 5.0 Tools
    realp.jpg Record an audio track for your presentation using a PC microphone. Simply select "Record Narration" from within PowerPoint 97and talk through your slides as you ordinarily would when giving the presentation. Convert the presentation, which now includes your audio narration, to RealVideo. To do this, select the RealPresenter from the "Tools" menu in PowerPoint 97. The encoding wizard will then guide you through a few questions, and voila, you've got a RealVideo version of your original presentation--only this file is 1/10 to 1/500 the size of the original. Finally, you can distribute your presentation with the "Attach to E-mail" wizard to anyone you normally send e-mail to. Or if you choose, you can use the "Web Page" wizard to embed your RealVideo presentation into a single Web page, and then use the "Publish" wizard to send it to an ISP site, your own Web server or your own media server. It's just that easy.
  128. End of Life
    An organized and rigorous study of "death" can have a great impact on students who need to confront questions that they and society have about issues associated with death and dying in America. How can teachers increase the "comfort level" in discussing and researching the topic? How should such units of study be introduced to students, parents and curriculum specialists? Is there such a thing as a "good" way of dying? Does death have any lasting positive impact on the living? Should teachers have special training in this area and what form should it take? (A recent death of a master teacher of 36 years at my former teaching assignment raises a host of issues about the institutional reactions to death)
  129. End of Life: Schedule and Transcripts
    National Public Radio presented a series of programs that examined questions associated with death and the end of life. RealAudio recordings of The Story of Helen Payne (Part One and Part Two), The Missoula Demonstration Project, The Place of Palliative Medicine, Coping with Death: A Personal Story, Grief and Bereavement, Do it Yourself Funerals, A Critique of the Rule of the Double Effect, Doctors and Death, Reincarnation: Tibetan Buddhism, Death & Society, Unknown Soldier, Funeral Homes, Burial Society, Alternative Funerals, Who Will Remember Me, Biology of Suicide .
  130. The Art Institute of Chicago Museum
    This is one of those "how did they do that pages." Watch the show after it loads. Over 150K images in the archive and the webmaster promises that the "... staff within our department responds to requests for commercial, editorial, and scholarly use of these images by outside clients." The current feature exhibit (Organized by The Art Institute of Chicago) is " Mary Cassatt: Modern Woman, which showcases more than 90 examples of her works.

    "Some people look at a picture for thirty seconds, some for years. It doesn't really matter because a picture is like life. You take out of life as much as you are able to take out of life, just as you take out of a picture as much as you can take out of a picture."
    Photographer Oliviero Toscani
  131. Visit Our Web Exhibits
    From the University of Arizona Library. Can you guess why this page is in the "creative" category? Visit the War Relocation Authority Camps in Arizona (1942-1946), Mission Churches of the Sonoran Desert, read profiles of Morris K. Udall and Stewart Lee Udal, see a current exhibition on the USS Arizona, visit the David A. Bloom Southwest Jewish Archives and The Traditional Arts of Tucson's Mexican-American Community. You can also locate informaton on Tucson's African American Heritage Southern, Arizona Folk Arts, theTucson's Hispanic Community and Tucson's Chinese Heritage. There is much more at the site, more that you can absorb on a single visit.
  132. Wendy Ewald
    The Web site is fine... But, it is Wendy and what she does that is so creative. See the Interview, from "Conversations with History" series. Other links to Wendy's Internet Chat with Middle-School Students, Wendy's Photo Gallery, Children and Photography, Wendy's thoughts on children photographing their dreams and links to other Wendy Ewald Websites. A must visit for teachers who know there is magic in combining photography, education, and young people.
  133. 6 billion Human Beings
    An exhibit from the Musée de l'Homme Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle Paris - France. Very creative and interactive... You will likely go through the entire page... shockwave required.
  134. captivated - R.J. Hawkins (My Own Private Iowa)
    From a jail in Iowa.
  135. ... with Men of Progress ... ... And Women of Vision
    Viewers are presented with a simple black and white class photo. Simply click on a face for some reflections on the character underneath. Start and finish anywhere. Use an image map creation tool and Paint Shop Pro, together with scans of family or class photos ( those new digital camera make this easy) to create pages like this... Seniors at my school do this the traditional way with poetry and annotations when they sign the "Annual" with the Senior Class pics. Let your class visit the site and then generate some application ideas of their own...
  136. Midway @
    In the past, I have not been impressed by the National Geographic sites, but this site is absolutely stunning. I have not viewed sharper images or finer animations on Web pages. See how the use of a simple scroll bar and ocean images combine to create mystery and drama as you decend to the ocean floor (and view the surprise at the bottem). Java drives this site, and the pros at National Geographic have done an impressive job!
  137. Seattle Times High School Guide
    The Times research product...and a good model for other urban newspapers.
  138. ThinkQuest
    This page links to the 1996 and 1997 winners in all categories. The ThinkQuest Contest has also generated a Global Schoolnet contest to describe how ThinkQuest programs are being used in the classroom by teachers and students. Be sure to stop in at the site for ThinkQuest Junior- Award Winners.
  139. Navigate
    There is a "splash" page for the site, but this is the best place to start. There are some K-12 applications here, but it is mostly offers a very enjoyable experience for adult visitors. As ususal, visit the site and see what you think. The Webmaster/Creator presents a good overview of the pages at the site in the "Read Me" section.
  140. Read Me!
    "What do digital photography, Shinto, county fairs, and saunas have in common?"
  141. WebFX
    A web-based graphics effects generator by bill kendrick. Load any graphic (with the correct URL) and applies any number of effects. View the results on site.
  142. s m i t h s o n i a n w i t h o u t w a l l s
    "Revealing Things uses common, everyday objects to tell stories about people, their cultures, and the meanings they associate with their possessions." Screen shot of part of the exhibit to the right. Note the concept map that rotates and changes under the cursor.
  143. Burma - Home Page
    A Journey of the Heart. Younger viewers can select a language guide for the pronunciation (real audio wav files) of difficult words. The site examines a village (and its children) before and during a brutal war. Visit the site and experience the prose/poetry of the author and a segment of the experiences of the author, who thinks of the village and the children each and every day. This is a high impact site!
    The Seattle Times also publishes a "most comprehensive" guide to public and private schools in Seattle that is well worth a visit. See the "Site Map" for starters.
  144. Students invited to create their own OnlineNation (Free!) -- Free website provided by
    (For K-9-12) Students design and construct their own "nation", which involves research and development into nation-building.The site is non-commercial and Server space for communal and web sites and forums as well as for each individual participant is provided free.
  145. Education Calendar & WWW Sites
    This is one of my favorite sites and worth a monthly visit by teachers. The current month is featured with no if you want to keep the information, better save it to disk. You can't click on last year's May page for the features...(although the archive may be available to purchase later as a CD.) Each listing features an detailed annotation/review for four Web pages on the topic.
  146. The Cyber Circus
    Showcase for advanced Webpage developers and designers. Just slide your mouse over the robot circus clown on the left.. Ya can't miss him. I (naturally) went directly to the "Big Top." There is a lowbandwidth version of the the graphics are the thing... Some of the contest entries require special plug-ins, but these are noted in the TOC on the right. If you have some time...all this is top shelf. I tried the history of Clowns link...
  147. LinkAge 2000: Home Page
    Thanks to the first place ThinkQuest 1997 Winners for this exploration of aging. The site was created to provide students (ages 12-18) with the opportunity to interactively learn about aging and older adults, but teachers will find that it serves as a resource for the study of aging.

    US State Department - Regions - Digital Diplomacy for Students

    As far back as I can recall, this is one of the few government sites to make it into the "creative" category (the Library of Congress and Census Bureau are recent examples). It reaches this status for a number of reasons, but mostly because of the considerable depth.

    Click on "Regional Affairs" and you are linked to a page with a clickable global map with a text index on the left of the nations to visit. These are linked to the many geographic bureaus of the U.S. State Department, which coordinate the conduct of U.S. foreign relations in six world regions (these are color coded on the map also).

    I explored the "Near East" as the current hot spot and the link presented a contents that inlcuded: Issues in the News, Regional Topics, Country Information, Press Statements, Remarks, Testimony, and Briefings and Select Shortcuts.

    This page also links to some excellent maps of countries in the region and considerable information about the region and individual nations. You can read what American and foreign officials are saying about the current crisis and visit various Country Report on Human Rights Practices. The site also features a Special Report on Iraqi Weapons of Mass Destruction and UN Security Council Resolutions on Iraq.

    One of the links on this page led to a current U.S. Government White Paper "Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction Programs" released February 13, 1998. The link to Security Council Reslolutions led to a page with a chronological chart of all of the resoulutions and a brief descrition, with the text of the actual resolutions. In the sections on "Traveling With the Secretary," "Geography in the News," and "Challenging World" the student can learn about nearly 200 foreign countries, view a country maps with related data and then tackle a problem that has been identified as a critical to the United States.

    Before you leave, try the "Geography Learning" link (shockwave required for one version but a text version is also available). If you want your students to stay with current events longer, and especially with the Crisis With Iraq - USIA, the U.S. Information Agency site presents News, information, text of speeches and factual information on Iraq's not-compliance. The March 12th (1998) Online NewsHour Forum presents a discussion of "American Foreign Policy" and examines the questions: "Is the U.S. acting like the world's policeman or bully? Are American foreign policy decisions being shaped too much by international opinion? Is the U.S. interfering in the sovereignty of another nation? Is Clinton administration practicing "gun-boat diplomacy"? What does the latest crisis tell us about U.S. foreign policy? Answering your questions are Professor Noam Chomsky and James Woolsey."

  148. Siskiyou County K-12 Resource Page/Virtual Tours
    Index with link to Museums, Zoos, Archaeological/Historical Sites, Regions,Interactive Voyages and Organizations.
  149. Chickasaw Historical Research Page
    Letters, treaties, diaries from the late 18th century on... An outstanding online collection of primary resource materials, much of it suited to K-12 applications. In a recent revisit (2/98) I clicked on A list of witnesses to be summoned in the case of the Choctaw Nation vs. John T. Pitchlynn, charged with the murder of Littleton Henderson Love. The basic information and testimony of the witnesses is online and could be used for historical simulations and one-act plays.
  150. Manzanar Revisited
    It terms of presentation, there is very little that is significant about this page. Peggy Kruse, a teacher at Belleville High School had her students read Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston's novel "Farewell to Manzanar" and presented them with some "enrichment" materials on the era of World War II. The poetry presented by the students illustrates the powerful impact of the unit, the book and the teacher.
    Claribel said, "My mother tells my older brother what to do, he tells my other brother what to do, and my other brother tells me. Who am I going to tell, the rat or the cockeroach?" (Sometimes you have to get away from it all.)
  151. Mary Lyon on the Web
    1797-1849. "A schoolteacher from Massachusetts, an American pioneer, a remarkable woman who founded the worldwide model of higher education for women-- Mount Holyoke College." The site features the very best use of "frames" in design and navigation. A menu bar on the left and a narrow band on the bottem accompany the reader through all of the onsite links and offer total viewer flexibility on what to view and when to view it. The graphics are excellent, and show respect for bandwidth, modem speed and teacher/student time. Some interesting suggestions for school projects are included by the anthor. The Web page was cited (but not linked) at the NCSS page, which should be added to your bookmark file of places to visit for new resources.
  152. Welcome to Just the Arti-FACTS
    From the Chicago Historical Society. Feature four artifacts each month related to a central theme from the large collection of twenty million objects. "With Just the Arti-facts, teachers and students can: Discover the story behind the artifact and find out why it's an important part of Chicago's past, View additional photographs, listen to audio selections, and gather more information about related artifacts by going further into the site, and Explore the past by using the worksheets and participating in the suggested activities in the "Resources for the Classroom" section." January looks at Children's Clothing. Past themes -- Toys, Slavery and the Chicago Fire.
  153. Yamada Language Guides
    Guides and links to major language information, both past and present.
  154. Art & Physics by Leonard Shlain
    A site that combines great visual features and interesting concepts. If "creativity" is, in part, crossing or erasing barriers and boundaries, this is a site to explore.
  155. Lifetime Learning Systems
    Major units on: Right Decisions, Right Now Presents TEEN SCENE (Teachers can download a six-part program on decision-making skills for students in grades 6-9), New Perspectives on THE WEST (based on the eight-part PBS documentary), My Oval Office.
    See the "DECISION ZONE" for some tips on making those hard choices a little easier.
  157. Lifetime Learning Systems
    A six-part RIGHT DECISIONS, RIGHT NOW to help students strengthen skills in making good decisions. "Teaching kits with teacher's guides, student worksheets and posters. Topic include: Taking Responsibility, Applying Values to Decisions, Managing Conflict, Ways To Say NO, Facing the Consequences, Making Decisions." You will need the ability to read PDF files and some time to download or view the files, which are very well done. Although appropriate for other levels with adjustments, the programs about decision-making are aimed at students in the 6-9 grade levels.

    It's one thing for a school to be wired, to have an internet connection. Bringing teachers up to speed on how to use the resource in an effective manner is another issue. Since many school districts are under a "crunch" for funds (Wisconsin districts are prohibited by state law from raising their budgets beyond a state imposed limit), they are often unable to provide resources for teachers on how to implement and administer the new tools and technology. "Here is the Internet classroom computer (or the collection of computers in the Lab). See what you can do with it..." When you factor in the "I can't even program my VCR" factor and the fear that students will access materials they shouldn't, it's no wonder that the tools remain unused.

    TrackStar seems to offer at least a partial solution to these problems. It "...guides a user (student) through a set of sites (URLs). With this tool, you can make a list of sites that is always visible and therefore accessible to the user throughout the entire lesson. In addition, there are annotations that accompany every site. These annotations are comments on what to look for or a question that can be answered by browsing that particular site."

    A number of tracks have already been created, but the task of making your own appear easy.... The site offers a form to select the area and grade level of interest and to view (and edit and modify) the tracks selected.

    I tried the track on Secondary, Social Studies, Basic Archaeology (by Jennifer Holvoet & Linda Opfer) and viewed the track in both "frames" and "remote control" format. In addition to providing a large number and variety of tracks, the site also provides a simple tool to author your own track. Simply click on "Create your own Track" and a form interface leads you through the creation process. You will need a list of URLs handy before using the creation form. A "help" icon provides access to instructions for completing the form.

    That's it! The Web page is created in frame format and provides a TOC or index of topics/sites on the left in a scroll bar area. This is the list of UTLs you provided. On the top is the teachers annotation or review of the site... which could include a set of focus questions or tasks that must be completed by the students when visiting the site. The main screen (frame) is the Web site the teacher has selected for the student to visit.

    The Web site selection for any given lesson or task is focused, and entirely regulated by the teacher/author. In addition, the tasks and objectives to be achieved by the student are focused (and also limited).

    The gifted people who author and administer the site are from the South Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium (SCR*TEC).

  159. wNetSchool - Home
    Register and obtain a "screen name" and create a user profile. After the preliminaries, the site adjusts to your preferences and interests. When you log on again, the page presents a special section designed around your preferences. Very slick!


    People's Century

    Representatives from WGBH were at the NCSS Convention in Cincinnati (November 1997) and distributed a "dynamite" timeline and program guide for the People's Century. This 26 part series (in two seasons in April of 1998 and 1999) may prove to be of exceptional value to teachers. which will include "...26 prime-time hours that look back on how people around the world came together to bring about the triumphs and tragedies of the 20th century. Co-produced by WGBH and the BBC and broadcast ... over a two-year period, People's Century will offer a compelling, chronological look at the most stunning century in history. Fashions, politics, communications, demonstrations, sports, wars, and an unquenchable thirst for freedom...these are the signposts for this exhaustive and exhilarating journey through the 20th century." A companion book by Godfrey Hodgson is available from Random House and on the BarnesandNoble site for $65.00.

    Other topics in the "In Production" category at WGBH inlcude: AFRICANS IN AMERICA (Target airdate: Fall 1998), BETWEEN THE LIONS (Target airdate: 1998-1999) Designed to teach young children to read, CHALLENGING ART (Target airdate: 1998-1999), which will explore the relationship between art and cultural values. You might stop at the WGBH/Learn and the new Kids Show from WGBH, linked in the Kids section below.

  160. || teachers@random ||
    In searching for the companion book for the People's Century series, I found this new feature at the Random House site....
  161. Thanksgiving with Reader's Digest
    Java additions make this a very interesting site. A click on the menu on the left side of the Web page generates a TOC on a graphic on the center-right. Exploring the menu proved to be a real treat -- Classic Recipes | Tasty Traditions | Holiday Host | Projects & Crafts | Thanksgiving Stories. See Thanksgiving with Reader's Digest for some interesting things to do with all those leaves.
  162. Standing Stone 97
    If it is true that history can serve as a creative inspiration today, it should also follow that creative works inspired by history can draw reluctant students into historical research. Here is a Live webcast and interview from Carnegie Hall -- Paul McCartney's Standing Stone -- a 75-minute symphonic poem inspired by Celtic monoliths scheduled for Wed (November 19) from 7 to 10 pm ET. Uses RealAudio, RealVideo. You can use the music to spark an interest in IRISH LITERATURE, MYTHOLOGY, FOLKLORE, AND DRAMA or Scottish History. Students of Celtic background might try the Celtic Culture Discussion List.
  163. The Diary Project
    Inspiration for this idea came from a young girl who authored "Zlata's Diary; A Child's Life in Sarajevo." Visitors are invited to make their contributions and read those of earlier visitors. Entries will be gathered "...through the millenium and beyond to record a collective voice of young people as they approach the next century." 8965 diary entries posted when I last visited (6/99).
  164. NEA Army Home Page
    These folks have an excellent idea/proposal to obtain the entire budget request of the National Endowment of the Arts. They plan to purchase 1/20 of a stealth bomber (perhaps enough for a tail pipe). Naturally, they will exhibit and display the artifact and travel about the country to show it off. Should fly right through Congress. What better way to showcase where our hard-earned income tax is going? Way to go!

    National Gallery of Art: The Shaw Exhibit

    Entry into the National Gallery at any point is usually a pleasure. This page is no exception (with a Netscape Java enabled browser) and shows a window at the top of the page with a rotating collection of bronze colored displays (bronze relief sculpture dedicated to Shaw and his regiment) depicting the African-American regiment from the North in the Civil War. The Web site explores the "...artist and his working methods, historical background on Shaw and the regiment, the memorial and its conservation, text from the exhibition, and teaching resources."

    A menu bar at the bottem provides navigation into the main segments of the online exhibition. Browsing through the entire display will probably take a standard K-12 class period. Teachers of some subjects may want to want to suggest a special focus. One segment deals with the methods used by the artist while other segments deal more with the history of the 54th.

    The "Resources" page on the menu links to Lesson Plans, a Bibliography, links to Related Websites and Works. All of the pages load quickly and feature thumbnails which releate directly to text and content. The menu bar, site title and index of the National Gallery follow with the viewer from page to page while browsing the exhibit. Young viewers will know where they are and where they are going. A searchable index for over 100,000 objects in the collections makes the site information very reachable.

    Continued in right column

    The "Collection" section at National Gallery of Art is showing five tours that feature 19th Century French paintings, and each is accompanied by RealAudio segments. In fact, a sound card and speakers should be added to at least a few of the computers in connected schools, as more and more educational sites are adding interactive features using audio. You may have to show some students how to navigate up a directory using the location tool bar of Netscape (place the cursor in the tool bar section and click at the end of the URL, then delete or backspace over directories to the parent directory. In this case, you would reach "" and delete "exhibitions/shawwel.htm"). Content files are often moved from directory to directory at large site reorganizations and search tools may not have the most recent directory location.

    Also in the "Resource" page are links to lessons plans Grades 3-8 (Personal Memories and Public Memories, include discussion questions and activities for students) and Grades 9-12 (An Inspirational Monument, Saint-Gaudens, the Shaw Memorial, Art Historians, and the Critics, and A Primary Source Document Activity). Part of the document activity for the 9-12 lesson, the "Written Document Analysis Worksheet" could be used as a template for steps to use in the analysis of any document. One segment of the page focuses on the analysis of a poster, with questions that require close viewing, analysis and interpretation.

  165. Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
    Art/Art History students might want to follow a visit to the exhibit with a trip off-site to the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site.
  166. ThinkQuest Library of Entries
    In a recent visit (6/99) the ThinkQuest Junior finalists were announced. I visited "A Pioneer's Journey to the Frontier" (screen shot to right). Way to Go!
  167. Emory University
    I enjoyed this page... Partly because it fits in two screens of the browser and provides immediate access to information. See the Alphabetical Index.
  168. Do Something
    Young People Building Communities. See the 1997 Brick Winners and the Programs items on the menu. The "Build" Magazine's (the print publication for the organization) current issue (Fall, 1997) features an interesting article on the comparison/contrast between young leaders in the 60s and the 90s.
  169. Why is the Mona Lisa Smiling?
    "This interdisciplinary inquiry explores the mystery behind the smile, and features original Da Vinci music, an interactive quiz, and a dozen Da Vinci diversions." A collaboration project between high school students in Borlange Sweden and The Bronx in the US.
  170. Exploring Linear Perspective
    See the nice lesson/demonstration on vanishing point, using a study of the Adoration of the Magi, where Leonardo has carefully drawn all of the lines needed to create perspective before sketching the figures.

    PEI Magazine

    Offers some fine online tutorials on how to use Photoshop for image editing and reports on the latest imaging trends and technologies in the form of a collection of Articles on the digital and imaging field. The site seems to offer exactly the kind of technical information I am looking for at this stage in the "QUEST" (Briefly, the endless search for knowledge that is interesting, useful or entertaining - or all of those). Since everything seems to be going digital, and I am considering purchase of a digital camera and TV, this site was perfect. This might prove to be an expensive interest, as the software for processing images that I would like to purchase along with a new computer may cost more than the computer. The site does not plug specific products, although all of the online tutorials refer to Photoshop.
    I sampled articles in the "Back to Basics" section, which included "A Simple Guide to Understanding Pixels, Bits, and Color Modes" and info on Digital Video and Photo CD. If you are authoring a Web page, you should also visit the Color Chart and the PEI: RGB Triplet Color Chart. For Webmasters interested in adding color variety to their pages while reducing file size and load time.


  171. The Elkus Indian Papers
    over 2,000 documents related to Indian affairs over the period 1922-1963.
    Defined as " epidemic of stress, overwork, shopping and debt caused by dogged pursuit of the American Dream. 2. The bloated, sluggish and unfulfilled feeling that results from one's efforts to keep up with the Joneses. 3. An unsustainable addiction to economic growth. 4. A film that could change your life." The historic roots of this disease, the ad/marketing methods to communicate it and advice on the cure will be covered in a PBS special airing Monday, September 15, 1997, 9:00 p.m. ET. The Web site for the program points out the Americans (with less than five percent of the world's population) consume "...a third of the earth's resources and produce almost half its hazardous waste."

    An Update From "Packbell"

    Videoconference collaboration project between sixth grade classes from Michigan and California. The students will create and share videotapes about their lives and engage in discussions on culture, ethnicity and stereotypes. Designed to help kids thrive in a multicultural settings.

    Filamentality Update
    A resource page for teacher to guide them through the process of creating interesting lessons and online projects. It is designed to answer two major questions:
    1. How do I actually use the Web in the classroom or library?
    2. How do I make Web pages and post them on the Internet?

    Wired Learning in the Classroom & Library
    This is one of those pages where you regisiter for Email updates, in this case to any pages revised or added by the folks sponsored by Packard-Bell. It's one you want to join!

  173. Eyes on Art
    Another great production from the Applications Design Team/Wired Learning. Have your students create a monitor museum for their favorite paintings, discover the elements of art through examples, or form collaborative projects to promote a community of artistic "seers." They can also examine artistic sytles from a historical viewpoint and "...contrast sets of interestingly matched paintings..." As usual at Design Team sites, students are expected to be active learners and to produce some product to demonsttate/practice their learning. Browse the online Teacher's Guide before you leave.
  174. Nonprofit Prophets: Homepage
    A "...web-based, collaborative community service project designed to empower students to understand and positively impact an issue they see in the world. Teams of students work together to select a local or global problem that they want to understand, serve, and solve. Once the problem is identified, students select one aspect of the problem to become an expert on. Students work with actual nonprofit organizations to develop a World Wide Web site in partnership with the organization. The Web site will combine student learning, key features of the nonprofit organization, and a variety of multimedia/interactive enhancements."

  175. Two Brothers

    From time to time, I run into a page that I bookmark to use in joint sessions with Grandchildren, because it tells a story in a creative way and carries some important message. This is one that you may want to use with your children (and your classrooms).

    If you want to create some atmosphere for the experience, click on the (Amerika Samoa) and listen to some great music. Just wait for the short selection to load and start playing, then open another browser to read the story of the Two Brothers. The music is "...a gentle guitar tune from Faasili who learned it from Malele, her 77-years-young mother." Hope you have time to browse and enjoy the rest of the Samoa site! I almost forgot! Try the Lollipop Launchpad.

  176. Discovery Online, Someone In Time
    Whatever you do, don't visit this page. If you do, and read the printed invitation, you will follow the spider and be forever lost in the quest for the mysterous "someone." Interactive and challenging (and possibly addictive). If you manage to get away from this site, go the the Discovery History site for more history.
    History Today - September Issue 1997

    This listing is not new, but a return visit turned up a special issue on the historic encounters between India and Britain. The site also sports a new look with a frames organization -- a top banner logo that remains stationary reminds us where we are, a left margin navigation bar and the main text area, which combines text, graphic and color bars). Very economical and pleasing.

    The feature article in the issue, The Making of the Hybrid Raj, 1700-1857 can be read very well in the frames environment, but it can also be viewed separately. A right click (in Netscape) and "save bookmark" command will save this URL and then you can go to the page without the frames. Some students might be confused on how to navigate in the frames environment. The article itself is very well written and combines the text with some excellent scans of black and white and color graphics. I also visited most of the other parts to the site and was amazed at the depth and variety of the features. A click on "Just In" in the navigation bar generated a series of links to book/resource reviews. At the bottem of one was a history quiz bar with a single question. A click on the bar generated the answer page and a plug for the book that provided the question. With rotating questions and other options for student interaction, sites such as this are likely to attract return traffic.

    You can also send your students (individually or as teams) to read and research the comptetion questions (sample - When was the palace at Knossos built?) and enter the History Today Competition - A Chance to win copies of The Cassell Atlas of World History. They may have little chance of gaining the prize, but that's not the point. They will be learning history in an active way and practicing the skills they will need as citizens in the 21st century. The site also links to History Review, (the August issue was up) which will be reviewed next week. History Today has created an excellent site and it deserves a close look, for the content and the superior use of frames and HTML.

  177. Envisioning the Future
    ""Envisioning the Future: Creating the Humanities Classroom of the 21st Century," marked an important occassion for scholars, teachers, researchers, librarians, administrators, and publishers of multimedia software and tools to meet in person and explore the many issues related to bringing these technologies into the classroom."
  178. RiverWeb First Page Page
    The site "...seeks to construct interdisciplinary, digital knowledge networks for the Mississippi River Basin, and other major river systems, with the goal of empowering citizenry to participate more actively in managing the watershed resources during the next century."
  179. Traditional Navigation in the Western PacificPacific Map
    From the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology -- A Search For Meaning.
    Presents a series of linked pages to form a multi-media presentation. Includes a description of the mental maps, exercises and traditional teaching methods used to teach navigation in the Pacific.
    Teachers might visit the Contents (Introduction, Micronesia The Sidereal Compass, Sailing Direction Exercises, Keeping Track, Living Seamarks, Schematic Mapping, Predicting the Weather, Putting the System to Work, The Navigator as Ritual Specialist, Keeping the Knowledge Alive, The Search for Pattern, Bodies of Knowledge and Cultural Anthropology) page first for an overview and list of the pages.
    An actual student tour might take an entire period and would require some print instructions, a question set and a list of vocabulary terms or phrases. In additon to answering some basic questions about historic Pacific navigation in a creative manner, the site places the content in context of some broader questions about how human culltures learn, organize and teach experience in their culture. It attempts to answer fundamental questions about human thinking.
    Highly recommented for the teacher who is interested in lessons that require that students think, and more important, think about their own thought processes. Students might also be encouraged to compare the method of teaching/learning used in the Pacific with those used in their culture/school. Some students might be interested in the behavior patterns of conflict resolution briefly discussed at the site and investigate those currently used today. Teachers interested in oral history should have a field day with sites like this.
    Finally, both students and teachers might examine the Eurocentric view (in this case) of the topic of exploration. A growing variety and quantity of Asia/Pacific sites should prove helpful in this quest. Who knows! Perhaps we will see some secondary courses about this area in the curriculum by the end of the century!
  180. Cultures Alive
    Selected because of its fine organization, use of animated graphics (See the animated gif in the left margin) and links to standards in social studies. The broadcast dates are Oct. 6-10, Nov. 10-14 and Dec. 15-19. The site also lists some suggested classroom activities for the theme week. Many of the classroom activities have special pages similar to the "Cultures Alive! Theme Activity: Geo Game," a geography subject area one day lesson.
  181. Jerusalem: City of Heaven - Academic Standards
    Program One in the series. Each program site presents an Overview, the units connections to Academic Standards, a Vocabulary list, Study Questions, Activities and links to Related Resources. This appears to be a site to monitor as the series unfolds on television, so mark your October calendar.

  182. Le Tumulte Noir
    From the National Portrait Gallery, Paul Colin's Jazz Age Portfolio. "In 1925, at the height of the jazz era in Paris, the sensational cast of musicians and dancers from Harlem, assembled as La Revue Nègre, exploded on the stage of the Théâtre des Champs Élysées. Its talented young star, Josephine Baker(1906­1975), Baker Photocaptivated audiences with a wild new dance called the Charleston, and became the high priestess of jazz culture in Paris. Inspired by the tremendous popularity of these performers, French poster artist Paul Colin (1892­1985) created a portfolio entitled Le Tumulte Noir, which gave a name to the Parisian craze for African American music and dance that Josephine Baker epitomized. Published in 1929, Le Tumulte Noir contains a title page, four pages of text, including a dedication by Josephine Baker, and Colin's dazzling color pochoir lithographs printed on both sides of twenty-two sheets." Warning, some of the Lithographs have females with skimpy clothing.

    You might also visit Klub Kaycee, for Kansas City Jazz in the 1920s, 30s and 40s by the Miller Nichols Library, University of Missouri-Kansas City. The site features a "Soundbyte" section, where you can listen to jazz recordings provided from the holdings of the library. Included are over 35 recordings from 1916 to 1954, by artists including Count Basie, Euday Bowman, Duke Ellington and others. Includes short biographical sketches of most of the artists on the site. There is also a "Venue" section, which describes the nightclubs, ballrooms, and outdoor pavilions where the music was performed. An "Articles" section contains a jazz bibliography and glossary. You will need the latest version of RealAudio to enjoy all the features of the site. Image Capture - Bernie Fuchs' painting

    A final note on Josephine Baker... Teachers at all levels might want to obtain a short book based on her life called _Ragtime Tumpie_ by Alan Schroeder (with great paintings by Bernie Fuchs) published in 1989 for less than $5.00. Not sure if it is still published (Little, Brown and Company) but you will love it if you can get a copy. can't have mine...

  183. What's on the Web?
    "Sorting Strands of the World Wide Web for Educators" by Tom March. Tom recently revised this presentation and placed it on the Web. Highly recommended, both for the starters and the vets on the Web.
  184. Political Resources on the Net
    A presentation of political sites on the Internet sorted by country,covering Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media. The opening page of this site presents a clickable global map with links to geographic regions. You might also visit the Related Sites page, which is very impressive page overall, with fine thumbnails of the flags of many nations tied to major national links.
  185. Dare to Fail, an interactive midi project
    Starting with the same basic track, a group of musicians composed a series of midi addtions/variations with final versions on site. It is clear that many musicians are comfortable using the computer to compose. A recent viewing thesite: Naut Humon has Soldad (who appeared somewhat embarassed by the effort) singing a compositon put together with a limited input of tones and lyrics. What next!
  186. Encarta Schoolhouse Home Page
    Topic Archive: American Civil War, Changes in Hong Kong, Earthquakes, Environment, Harlem Renaissance, Life in the Ocean, Native Americans, Olympic Games, Rain Forests At Risk, Women in Science. The current topic is Dig a Dinosaur.
  187. Discovery Online, Wayback Machine
    Past visits: Los Angeles, 1947: One strange flight, New York, 1849: A theater crowd gets ugly, Chicago, 1895 : Start your engines, Mississippi, 1889: Put up your dukes, Florence, 1913: An incredible heist, New York, 1939: Football meets TV, San Francisco, 1862: We meet an emperor, Berlin, 1912: The great escape, Paris, 1910: The sky is falling!, Antietam, 1862: Death on film, San Francisco, 1911: The first landing at sea.
  188. Projects - Triton Project
    Descriptions and links to the various projects produced by the San Diego Unified School District's Triton Project with a Challenge Grant funded by the U. S. Department of Education. Plan for some time here or repeated visits. On this large site, you can download the Triton SiteBase (a database of World Wide Web sites useful for the development of ocean-themed units) or browse the Project Index for links to draft projects being developed by the Triton participants. It includes a Unit Template (a generic structure for documenting units) and a Lesson/Activity Template (a generic structure for documenting shorter-term activities and lessons). Be sure to see the SDBiarritzUnit: A Comparative Study. The site is a demonstration page for an interdisciplinary study comparing the coastal areas of San Diego, California and Biarritz, France.

  189. Students were asked to "... merge language, science and social studies skills through the implementation of technology." It could be just as effective for the students to produce a HyperStudio stack, HTML document or to publish a document on a word processing program. This unit could be done with any second language or solely in English and other pairs of cities could be compared. In fact, students could use cities of the past or create an "ideal" city for comparison with a modern city.

  190. Carolina Clips
    Take the "Raleigh Tour" for an interesting way to present tourist/geographic information. Scan a detailed map of your school and combine it with the products of a digital camera into a web page. Try it with locations from the past...
  191. Barnes & Noble: Events Calendar
    "I want to show women that you can be a great athlete, a babe, a brain. You can be everything you are without apologizing." -- Gabrielle Reece From the book -- Gabrielle Reece: BIG GIRL IN THE MIDDLE (co-author with Karen Karbo)
  192. National Election Study -- 1944
    Has the view of the American people about the parties and the election process changed since 1944? This study asks over 120 questions prior to the election and can be used as a platform for launching a large variety of comparison/contrast studies. If the same questions were sampled today, would the results differ? Advanced students might be exposed to an exercise in historical quantification. Younger students might interview Grandparents and others who experienced the 1940s. The information is part of a larger course page on the Cold War. Detailed information on the post war elections is also available (1947 National Election Study --a selection of questions about Russia, communists, the 1948 National Election Study, a selection of questions on foreign policy from the 1951 National Election Study. If you are interested in a broader study of historical election materials and historical data, see SSDC, Mass Political Behavior and Attitudes.

    The Day of the Black Blizzard

    Recreates the formation of the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, with photographs from the Farm Security Administration collection of the 1930s and '40s that recorded rural conditions. Links are also offered to some related offsite resources, especially the Smithsonian exhibit about the world's drylands (The Dust Bowl). See the collection of links at Yahoo! - Arts:Humanities:History:U.S. History:20th Century:1930s:Dust Bowl. Since over a dozen sites are listed, teachers might consider an evaluation/survey exercise using a set of criteria developed in the classroom. Consider publishing the student reports online for others to see.

  193. The Detroit Institute of Arts -- for an engaging animation of masks. See what you think of the superior overall graphic design by a gifted Webmaster.
  194. Webbed Feats
    Your input will help to shape future events. When I last visited (6/99) the site was in the process of archiving the video and audio files from the performance. They should be available soon.
  195. New York University
    I liked this page for a number of reasons:
    1. It demonstrates the human dimensions of the institution in the form of statements of purpose and the photos of teachers.
    2. It provides a showcase for creative teaching and teachers and points out that this is central to a "good education."
    3. Without overstating, the bios and photos advertise the racial and ethnic diversity of the staff.
  196. Sonarchy: A Recording Studio on the Internet
    I selected a link to Africa and clicked on Axum. A detailed page of Ethiopia appeared. RealAudio selections loaded and played rapidly -- with a 28.8 modem and at a low traffic time. A similar experience came with a visit to the Archive when listening to a "Call to Prayer" from Egypt (also with a text description and a map of the area). You might want to visit the "Clark Street station in Brooklyn" and listen to a young man singing along with the music playing in his walkman. I should send them my "shower" songs. (This is a growth contributions are sought from visitors)
  197. SchoolNet Digital Collections
    (Moving to a different server in June, 1999 -- This site may not be operating.) Interested in seeing what students in Canada produced? This is a "showcase" and the best!
  198. Schools, Skills and Scaffolding on the Web
    Another fine page created byBernie Dodge."Though the Web is still in its infancy, we already have the possibility of putting our students in touch with experts who would otherwise be inaccessible. We can let our students analyze the same data being analyzed by stock brokers and scientists. We can design experiences that require them to search through reference materials that our schools will never buy. We can show them museums and artworks and photographs. And we can turn them loose in a flood of news more detailed than they will ever see on their home television screens." He reminds us that students will not be exposed to real learning unless teachers provide some scaffolding. Visit the site for details and some interesting examples.
  199. IDB Population Pyramids
    Have your students select a country, check the options and click on the "Submit" button to see the charts. Choose the small graphics to begin. The two graphic on the right show a comparison of the US and Angolia, female segment. Great visual take-off for discussions and research. Since the distribution can be shown for over 200 countries, you might cover the features of population growth in nations that are often assigned to categories (developed/undeveloped), or better yet, have them create their own categories based on the graphs. Students might be assigned a nation or set of nations to research other features (income distribution, GNP, education...) and compare these with the research done by other groups. Be sure to try the "dynamic output" function, (shows a series of pyramids in a time series) which will enable students to see an animation of the trend of the population pyramid. Finally, send the skeptics on the staff to browse the site. I think they might begin to see the educational potential of data presented on the Internet.
  200. Liftoff to Space Exploration
    No place to put this but at the top. I wonder about the small type used on the site...but this is adjustable. A bit of a slow load during peak hours.
  201. African American Issues
    The Black Collegian Online. Featuring Black History Articles, Trailblazers for the Next Generation: Contemporary African-American, History Makers, African Science Before The Birth Of The "New" World, The Quotable King, Beyond Fad and Fashion: Understanding The Essence of Malcolm X, A King Raised by Wise Men: The Student Days of Martin Luther King Jr., Afrocentricity, Islam, and El Hajji Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X), Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.: Black Power Between Heaven and Hell, Great African Americans You Should Know, Why Africana History? : by John Henrik Clarke, What Every African American Student Should Read: by John Henrik Clarke, Archived issues:First Semester Super Issue (Oct 96), 25th Anniversary Issue
  202. Welcome to
    As a frequent traveler, I often visit cities that have just finished a major festival or are in the process of preparing for one.... I plan to use this site to arrive at the proper time. Since festivals often celebrate key events and time periods, they can be great sources for making history more interesting to students. For example, this page includes a section that summarizes information on all of the Renaissance festivals in the United States and worldwide. Links are provided to all of those with Web pages. A great resources for K-12 students and teachers who want to feature Renaissance festivals in their schools! Parents might consider visiting the site to plan a family vacation that combines fun with education and cultural enrichment. Explore 20,000 Festivals and Events! Top shelf in the field!
  203. Myths and Legends
    This is a page that was listed and visited much earlier. A revisit left me with an impression that this is a great example of very persistant research over a considerable period of time. With a generic background and a few graphics, the page loads quickly and displays the well organized content. No tables or fancy frames. As refreshing as a black and white movie that depends on the content/drama to keep you interested.
  204. Duct Tape
    Fabulous Single-Pixel GIFs, made in a San Francisco factory. Take a tour of the factory to see how they're made. Click on the Behind the scenes at the bottem of the Web page for a fun trip into a pixel recycling factory. If you can't wait, see a sneak preview here.
  205. Photo Tour of the Civil Rights Movement
    From the Seattle Times.
  206. NASA K-12 Internet Initiative: The "Women of NASA"
    See the "Teaching Tips" section for an extended set of lesson/teaching suggestion! The site purpose is to encourage more young women to pursue careers in math, science, and technology by showcasing outstanding women in math, science, and technology.
  207. Library of Congress Exhibitions
    A very impressive and growing list of top exhibitions. This "gateway" is primarily useful for students and teachers of American and European history, but a couple of exhibits relate to Middle Eastern history.
  208. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
    Newest Issue, Volume 3, Number 3: Virtual Environments.
  209. Salon | Wanderlust
    A new online travel publication that puts the "lust" into "Wanderlust." According to the creators, the site is "...dedicated to putting the romance -- the "unconquerable longing" -- back into travel and the passion back into travel writing.
  210. Home Page of Rich Samuels: Broadcasting in Chicago, 1921-1989
  212. EncartaSchoolhouse Home Page
    Archive of past topics: American Civil War, Earthquakes, Environment, Life in the Ocean, Native Americans, Olympic Games. Other learning activities and web links round out the site, especially the Lesson Collection page.
  213. The Big Issue
    Forbes has contributed its "Big Issue" to the Internet. Does a tradition of fine writing in print carry over to electronic publishing?
  214. Eco-Art
    All of us are aware of those great Web pages that inform and educate about a specific subject, that help us to understand the uniqueness of that speciality. Pages of that type help students to ask the questions that researchers in that field must ask to move forward. The Eco-Art page is one of a special breed because it explores the relationship between different domains, in this case the "...harmony between contemporary ecological art and environmental science..." If students are not comfortable with "processing" they might need a special question set.
  215. Windows to the Universe
    Although this site obviously covers a great deal of territory, the link to mythology was a real suprise and treat. Try it!
  216. Rich and Poor, the Growing Gap
    This site (from one of the online Portland papers) features a spreadsheet that can be downloaded in comma-delimited or in plain-text format. Might be interesting to assign students to do this and then have them write/evaluate/report. Assign another group to visit the newspaper site for a look at their views and interpretation of the data. Have both groups present their findings to the class and a third group take note of the similarities and differences in the findings, and report on them after the presentations. Other groups of students could be assigned to research data from other cities. Are we talking about a regional or a national problem? Great opportunity to fold computational skills (Excel spreadsheet) and a bunch of other social and social studies skills into an assignment.
  217. Project Delphis
    Dolphin Cognition Research. Recent treatment of Dolphins might raise questions about the intelligence of the human species. This site demonstrates that there is at least one intelligent species on the planet.
  218. Academy of Achievement Main Menu
    A site to examine high achievers in various fields (ARTS --BUSINESS --PUBLIC SERVICE --SCIENCE --SPORTS --AMERICAN DREAM) and how they have used various character traits (PASSION --VISION --PREPARATION --COURAGE --PERSEVERENCE --INTEGRITY) to shape the 20th Century with their accomplishments.
    Graphical browser required - no frames. This site deserves special attention for two reasons. First, it contains one of the most creative resumes I have seen on the Web. It is interactive, because the browser is given choices based on the information presented, the page branches based on the decision of the viewer. You simply must explore the option you selected AND the option you did not (at first) select. This leads to the second reason for selecting the page. A succession of pages -- almost a storyboard approach -- with some of the same graphic and text elements repeated - rapidly takes the reader/viewer to the climax. I will leave it to you to explore the use of color and other elements to create a tone and mood. Those of you with post- grad courses in art appreciation, graphic design and page layout will find more to praise.
  220. common boundaries - issue 1 - table of contents
    This new zine, with two issues online, is outstanding for content and visual appeal. No wasteful graphics - just enough to tickle the visual centers. Try clicking on "easton davy" for "Art that reaches out, grabs you by the collar, then proceeds to slap you in the face..."
  221. WebQuests
    Establishing inquiry-oriented activity in which some or all of the information that learners interact with comes from resources on the internet, optionally supplemented with videoconferencing. See the
  222. Template site for a template that guides the teacher through the process of creating a short-term, single discipline WebQuest.
  223. Bernie Dodge
    Focused on the design, implementation and evaluation of computer-based learning environments.
  224. Wormholes
    From "The Alternate View" columns of John G. Cramer, who provides the technical/scientific background on wormholes in a series of articles.
  225. Dance of Chance:Exhibit Hall
    Exhibit to showcase the emergence of patterns in Nature from physical and biological processes. More Projects in a recent visit: Patterns in Nature Simulations (Java-Powered), Molecular Dynamics Simulations (Java-Powered), Patterns in Nature Hands-on Experiments and Fractals in Science Image Galleries.
  226. International Marine Signal Flags
  227. Whale Songs
    An "...evolving resource, encouraging communication among researchers, students, educators and whale lovers worldwide."
  228. Biographical Dictionary
    Be sure to see the "Ideas for Students and Teachers" page, which features some excellent suggestions on how to use the resources on the page in the classroom and for student reports and projects. Visitors are encouraged to send in their suggestions and ideas. The page features biographical information on over 18,000 people from ancient times to the present.
  229. Terranova: Planet of the Day
    Speculation about the future expansion of humans in the universe, with a posting of a new planet each day.
  230. MY HERO
    Assigning a category to this site was difficult.. It is interactive, in the sense that your can react and make contributions (stories and photos of your heroes). It is fun to browse and many of the sites demonstrate the diversity of heros and conceptions about their heroes.
  231. The Tell Home Page
    This is one of those special sites because it is about people and the stories they tell.. Add your special "Tell" and link yourself to the story tellers of all ages. When last visited (5/00) it appeared that the site is not frequently updated, but who can resist the timeless stories of stories Oregon pioneers, an old washerwoman in Georgia, delivering mail in 1930s Chicago, ranching in west Texas, and the 1920s Florida real estate boom.
  232. Star-Birth in M16
    These are some great pictures taken with Hubble'sWide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2). These images demonstrate that great "science" is also great art. Treat yourself to the birth of a star.
  233. Welcome to The Mud Connector
  234. Collaboration, Knowledge Representation and Automatability

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